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Prescriptions by GPs

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  • Release date: 16 September 2015
  • Period covered: 2014-15
  • Next update: 14 September 2016
An annual report including information on prescription items dispensed and net ingredient cost.

Key points

  • Between 2004-05 and 2014-15 the number of prescription items dispensed in Wales increased by 46% from 53.9 to 78.5 million.
  • Over the decade the net ingredient cost (NIC) of prescription items prescribed by GPs in Wales increased by 0.8% to £581.4 million.

Compared to the rest of the UK(a):

  • Wales dispensed the highest number of prescription items per head of population – 25.4 compared to 21.6 in Northern Ireland, 19.6 in England and 19.0 in Scotland.
  • Wales had the second lowest net ingredient cost per head of population - £188.04 compared to £228.48 in Northern Ireland, £190.29 in Scotland and £162.98 in England.
  • Wales had the lowest net ingredient cost per prescription item - £7.41 compared to £8.32 in England, £10.02 in Scotland and £10.60 in Northern Ireland.

(a) To enable comparisons to be made with the other UK countries the Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) data is used. See notes at end of the report.

Contact

Tel: 029 2082 5036
Email: stats.healthinfo@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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